Pre-College Programs

The Brown Leadership Institute

Leadership Development for High School Students

2015 Program Dates:

Two-Week Sessions
June 21 - July 2, 2015*
July 5 - July 17, 2015
July 19 - July 31, 2015

*Note: Course ends Thursday, due to holiday observance July 3.


For students completing grades 9-12 by June 2015

Fees: $3,987

NOTE: As of July 6, 2015, we have reached program capacity and are no longer accepting applications for Summer 2015.

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by the enormity and complexity of the many challenges facing the world today. Problems such as environmental destruction, health crisis, wars, poverty, economic uncertainty, and social inequality demand the attention of every member of our global community.  But “to be the change we wish to see in the world,” we must start with ourselves, by questioning our assumptions, expanding our knowledge, and changing our behavior.

Leadership Institute courses can help you rise to all of these challenges, by creating a learning environment that encourages exploration, discussion, and personal growth.

We believe that informed and engaged youth can make a positive difference in the world; thus our mission is to help students develop and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes associated with effective and socially responsible leadership.

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Important Announcement

May 20, 2015

We have reached capacity or are nearing capacity for many courses in the Leadership Institute. 

Please consider Brown Environmental Leadership Lab: Rhode Island or Summer@Brown courses.

Please note: Only completed applications are reviewed for admission and must include the online application, transcript, and application fee. Students may enroll after they receive a letter of acceptance and submit a $300 deposit. Admission and enrollment are on a rolling, first-come, first-serve basis.

Feel free to contact us with any questions regarding capacity before applying to this program by calling (401) 863-7900.

The Brown Leadership Challenge:

Understand Social Challenges

Students develop knowledge and understanding of complex issues through case studies, discussions, group projects, field trips, simulations, and debates. Student learning is stimulated by creative curricula, engaging faculty, and peers from around the world. Last year, we had students from 28 different countries and from around the U.S. Engagement with diverse perspectives is key to nuanced understanding of global problems and complex ideas.

Join an Engaged Learning Community

Students are housed in the same residence hall and have the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with one another both within and outside of the classroom. Additionally, undergraduate Leadership Fellows serve as both Teaching Assistants (TAs) in the classroom and Resident Advisors (RAs) in the Residence Hall providing students with consistent and caring guidance throughout the program.

Develop Leadership Skills

Students will learn and apply the Social Change Model of Leadership Development in academic and co-curricular settings. Through engaging workshops, reflection activities, and an Outdoor Challenge Course, students develop and practice leadership skills, such as public speaking, interpersonal communication, problem solving, conflict resolution, and teamwork.

Create an Action Plan and Take your Learning Home

But what happens after you leave Brown? How will you respond to the needs of your neighbors, your community, and the world? All of us share a civic responsibility to both understand complex social issues and apply what we know in service to others. During your course, instructors and peers help students develop an Action Plan focused on a pressing issue that they care about. Students develop these plans while they are here in the summer, present their ideas to their peers, and then work on the project when they return home. Leadership alumni return to their communities as part of a network of socially responsible leaders. Review student plans in our digital Action Plan library which contains examples of the work our students have done in the past.

Student Profile

The Leadership Institute is designed for highly motivated and intellectually curious students who are interested in social issues. We look for young people who are excited to learn and want to make a positive difference in the world. Applications are open to qualified high school students from 9th grade through graduated seniors.

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